Photography competition brings out seniors’ creativity

Brooke RolfeSouth Western Times
Joan Sonneland strikes a pose for fellow resident Roy Smith for Carey Park Gardens’ first photo competition.
Camera IconJoan Sonneland strikes a pose for fellow resident Roy Smith for Carey Park Gardens’ first photo competition. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Residents at Carey Park Gardens were given a unique opportunity to showcase their favourite part of their garden last week when they took part in the village’s first photo competition.

About 30 residents submitted a picture of their “own little corner of the world”, some choosing to be in the photo and others not.

They were given a month to prepare for the competition, with placegetters drawn on Wednesday morning by St Ives regional manager Marieta Simmons.

Resident Ethel James submitted the winning photo which showed her posed with a selection of roses, while Gisela Rodway was awarded second place for her photo of some red Papa Meilland roses.

The “people’s choice” award went to Laurie Humble, who entered a picture of himself sitting in his garden.

Village manager Trudy Turner said the competition was well received by the residents, who had submitted heart-warming” photos.

“They’re beautiful because it didn’t have to be a grand garden, it’s just their little spot that’s special to them,” Ms Turner said.

“They all have a little special area that they gravitate to.”

The over 55s rental accommodation runs monthly activities and Ms Turner said given the success of the competition, they would hold more creative challenges.

“They’ve just really enjoyed the experience of walking around the garden and picking their favourite little spot,” she said.

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